The European Union (EU) and Nigeria will start formal talks in Abuja this week
– The talks will centre on a deal to send Nigerian migrants in Europe back home
– It is part of the EU’s latest move to stem the exodus of Africans to Europe
A report by Financial times have revealed that a delegation of 15 EU officials will arrive Nigerian capital, Abuja this week to discuss plans to direct private European money to infrastructure projects in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to lead the talks from the Nigerian side.
This is part of a longer term goal to raise up to 60billion euros of private funds to stem migration from nations including Nigeria.
Diplomats quoted in the report say the move is aimed at addressing not only the ramifications of migration in Europe, but also dealing with the root causes of migration especially from Africa.
The EU has already outlined plans to retarget about 8billion euros during the next four years to help countries with large numbers of would-be migrants.